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ERIC Number: EJ798102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Which Substance and What Community? Differences in Juvenile Disposition Severity
Terry-McElrath, Yvonne M.; McBride, Duane C.; Ruel, Erin; Harwood, Eileen M.; Vanderwaal, Curtis J.; Chaloupka, Frank J.
Crime & Delinquency, v51 n4 p548-572 2005
There is a need in the literature for research describing disposition severity differences between specific drug and alcohol law violations within the context of community characteristics. We conducted an exploratory study of prosecutor-reported juvenile disposition severity by both specific drug charge and community context using a national sample of prosecutors from communities surrounding schools participating in the nationally representative Monitoring the Future survey. Results indicated (a) strong within- and between-substance disposition severity variance as well as (b) evidence for differential effects of both prosecutor case load and community characteristics, including community income, ethnicity, and region. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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